Koinonia is proud to announce that recruiting team members Stacy Hilinski, Haleigh Gibson, and Brianna Wise have completed the Academy to Innovate HR (AIHR) Certified HR Business Partner 2.0 Certificate Program. This training program is designed to help human resources professionals prepare to become a truly strategic partners to the business, by acquiring essential skills, ranging from consulting and data literacy, to employee experience and business acumen.

According to Stacy Soria, Chief People and Strategy Officer, “We partnered with AIHR to develop our HR team to be less of order takers and more strategic partners to the organization. This paradigm shift is fully supported at the Executive level. We are developing our staff for skills of the future. When we support this shift, we see a mobilized workforce and a strategic value from the HR department.”

As HR Business Partners, the recruiting team members will have the strategic, analytical, and communication skills needed to proactively provide leaders with fact-based people solutions to business challenges. As part of the training, they learned the practical skills and techniques needed to succeed as a well-rounded strategic HR business partner.

“This was an extensive program, with a lot of vast knowledge to be learned,” said Brianna Wise. “There was an ample amount of modules with thorough and detailed information.” Haleigh Gibson said, “This course helped to provide a broader perspective of HR as a whole. There was a lot of diverse information that we don’t experience in our current roles.

Stacy Hilinski looks forward to providing additional value to our stakeholders, “The HRBP certificate program went into great detail about the business strategy and data analysis side of HR, connecting business with HR and analytics team. The program focused deeply on aligning HR activities with the needs of the business and what activities are needed to obtain the business objectives.”

The online self-paced course included 42 hours of instruction broken down into four courses, three skill tracks, and 19 modules.  The Modules included training on Business Partner Skills, Strategic HR Metrics, Business Acumen, Strategy & Basic Finance, Consulting Skills, HR Data & Analytics, Employee Experience, Future of Work, and a special Capstone Project where the students applied their learnings to complete a series of assignments and create practical deliverables that they can apply to their job. The curriculum also included reading materials and bonus content and is eligible for HRCI, HRPA & SHRM credits.